Fulbright U.S. Student Program

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program (FUSP) is designed to give recent B.S./B.A. graduates, master’s and doctoral candidates, and young professionals and artists opportunities for personal development and international experience.

Projects can include university coursework, independent library or field research, teaching English, classes in a music conservatory or art school, special projects in the social or life sciences, or a combination.

Along with opportunities for intellectual, professional and artistic growth, the Fulbright U.S. Student Program offers valuable opportunities to meet and work with people of the host country, sharing daily life as well as professional and creative insights. The program promotes cross-cultural interaction and mutual understanding on a person-to-person basis in an atmosphere of openness, academic integrity, and intellectual freedom.

Spotlight on…

Sara Mulrooney, Mexico ETA (2023)
B.A. Spanish, History, and Economics (May 2023)

“I am teaching at la Subdirección Regional de Educación Básica Atlacomulco, a K-8 school in the town of Atlacomulco in the state of México. I’m thriller to be engaging with a new community, putting my language skills to use, and exploring teaching professionally.

“I was so pleased to have so much support through UW-Madison. Throughout the application process, I never felt alone and knew I could always ask for help.

Fulbright was on my radar throughout college, but I wasn’t sure about applying. After returning from a semester abroad in Madrid, Spain, I decided to give Fulbright a shot. I was interested in teaching language, and I knew I wanted to spend time in another Spanish-speaking country, so I chose to apply for the ETA program in México. I wrote my application the summer before my senior year at UW-Madison.

“The application process taught me plenty of patience! I had to stay positive throughout the long process from writing my application over the summer to becoming a finalist months later. Pushing through the uncertainty was (and still is) challenging, but I learned to keep believing in myself.

“I would recommend that others apply for a Fulbright award! Although the process and award itself may seem daunting, it is achievable and worth the effort.”


Undergraduates, graduate students, alumni, staff


Research, teaching, graduate study, creative arts

Open to

U.S. citizens

Program duration

8-13 months

Award amount

Varies by country and award: all awards include round-trip airfare, overseas insurance, and a living stipend

Application deadline (2024-2025 competition)

Campus deadline: 10am CDT, September 14, 2023
National deadline: 4pm CDT, October 10, 2023

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More information on the 2025-2026 competition coming soon!! Interested in learning more? Keep an eye our for our upcoming Fulbright Week programming, request more information, email the UW-Madison Fulbright Coordinator, or book an appointment today!

Learn more about all the options available through the Fulbright US Student Program at our Fulbright-led April 4, 2024 Group Presentation Session. Register today!